THE WEALTH OF SEARLES VALLEY
Searles Lake contains one of the world's richest deposits of naturally occurring minerals. Water under the lakebed mixes with minerals to form a brine that is 10 times saltier than seawater. The chemically diverse brine cocktail under the lake holds a supply of minerals so vast that it would take centuries to extract.
Searles Valley Minerals processes brine solutions from the lakebed to produce chemicals including boric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate, several specialty forms of borax, and salt. Unlike other mining techniques such as open pit mining, our three facilities in Searles Valley use a unique, ecologically friendly technique that starts with solution mining.
Some might say that the wealth of the Searles Valley is just under the surface of Searles Lake. That is only partially correct. The true wealth of Searles Valley is the hard working and talented people whose skills keep the facilities running 24 hours per day. The three processing facilities in Searles Valley provide jobs for over 700 employees as well as hundreds of contractors and service providers.
PRODUCTS FOR A BETTER LIFE
Our customers are industrial and agricultural, yet our consumers include you. Your automobile contains many products made with soda ash and boarates such as window glass and windshields. Industrial laundries use our salt. Dye and detergent makers use our sodium sulfate in their products
Borates from Searles Valley brighten our future. High technology companies use our borates to make flat screen monitors, electronic parts and special coatings. Specialty borates end up in everything from fire retardants to fiberglass insulation and even wood treatments.
"Even new-hires have the opportunity to talk to any level of management. It’s never frustrating to get work done. You get to see how the fruits of your labor impact the big scheme of things. We get things done much quicker this way."